MODERN LIVING

YOUR HEROES AND WHAT THEY TELL ABOUT YOU

July 1 1969
MODERN LIVING

YOUR HEROES AND WHAT THEY TELL ABOUT YOU

July 1 1969

YOUR HEROES AND WHAT THEY TELL ABOUT YOU

JOHN F. KENNEDY: You are searching for an authoritarian figure, either because you are used to depending on one, or because you feel such a figure has been missing from your life. Lack of self-confidence predisposes you to let someone else make decisions. The presence of authority brings emotional stability in your relationships with other people or within yourself. You find Kennedy’s romantic side attractive and are drawn to his masculinity: athletic, charming, tragic, rich, powerful.

MARTIN LUTHER KING: You are direct, uninterested in subtleties. Complexity annoys you; you like to see issues as simple and straightforward. Your friends are uncomplex and tend to have few dimensions. You fear disappointment and take comfort in knowing a dead hero can’t let you down. You fantasize considerably, altering your heroes as your needs change. If you are socially conscious, your conscience probably holds an ancestral guilt about the Negro, which is salved by acknowledging King’s greatness.

PIERRE TRUDEAU: You’re a romantic. Authoritarianism has little appeal to you. You prefer uncertainty to boredom and will take a chance on your impulses. You are willing to accept Trudeau on what you believe to be his own terms. His complexity allows you to see in him the things you wish to see. If you are a

woman, you find immense fantasy potential in Trudeau: he promises the excitement of a clandestine affair with the assurance of knowing you will never have consequences to face.

ALBERT SCHWEITZER: You are an idealist, but more in imagination than in action. You prefer to intellectualize on possible action rather than do it. You’re a dreamer. When the time comes to act, you have a strong sense of drama; your friends may think you a bit theatrical and oversensitive. Whatever your role in life, you play it to perfection — at least in your fantasies. You are not afraid to speak out and are prepared to make commitments if necessary. You have a paradoxical side: though you harbor a persistent wish to withdraw from people, you seek social approval of the things you do.

CARDINAL LEGER: Above all, you value your individuality. You find commitment to something absolutely necessary to make life meaningful, but don’t need others to approve what you do. Your friends tend to be salt-of-the-earth people. You are idealistic, concerned about how much you can accomplish. Life holds few fantasies for you.

BILLY GRAHAM: You tend toward a somewhat

primitive approach to life, looking for cut-and-dried

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answers. This simplicity eases your frustrations with the complexities of everyday political and economic reality. You’re tired of keeping abreast of constantly shifting events. Regardless of the religious context, you find power fascinating. You tend toward a hard - working, self - analytical and fiercely independent approach to life. However, you are in danger of corrupting these values — the next step could be an intolerant, self-satisfied narrowness with little respect for the opinions of others.

Elizabeth Taylor: If you are a woman, you hold a deep desire to go against convention. You feel strongly about most women’s rights and see yourself as the emancipated woman. Miss Taylor’s star quality appeals to your escapist tendencies. If you dislike her intensely, it may be a negative identification: you see your own desires in her, but find them unacceptable. If you are a man, you are acutely aware of sex, raw and simple. You like challenging women. If this is carried to extreme, it points to possible doubts about your virility.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Jackie was the first American princess. When she married Aristotle Onassis, she shattered the Great American Dream. Now she is Out. So if you still choose her over the others, you have strong individualistic tendencies — you are not afraid to flout convention. You dislike competition and find her diverse qualities easy to accept. You like having your way. You admire a sense of style and status and have strong class aspirations. The tragedy in her life is attractive to your desire for relationships that are out of the ordinary. Madame Vanier: You have complex, ambivalent tendencies. You admire warmth, social grace, friendship, yet you seek to avoid deep relationships. You are possibly afraid of how much you have to give. You tend to be conventional. You may need reassurance that it’s good to be good. Your life may seem drab but you feel it deserves more recognition than it is getting. If you are a woman and you prefer the company of other women who do not stir a sense of sexual competition in you, you may be avoiding a personal confrontation with sex or your own desirability.

Gordie Howe: You are patient, conscientious, able to postpone immediate gratification to achieve long - term goals. You admire the family man — solid, competent, dependable. Of the athletes here, Howe is closest to being Superman. You desire to do everything well, often against great personal challenge and difficulty. Achieving your goals does not come easily; you

have to work at it. You are proud, perhaps a little too stubborn when faced with unpleasant facts. On the whole, though, you are well-adjusted. Bobby Hull: Impulses mean a great deal to you. You get excited easily. You probably would rather put money in stocks than in the bank. You are somewhat impatient about achieving your goals and look for immediate gratification. You probably are given to emotional outbursts: you like to have things your way. You admire talent for talent’s sake.

Frank Mahovlich: Heroes as such don’t appeal too much to you. You like the underdog. You have highly developed aesthetic tastes and cherish beauty for its own sake. You find emotions a difficult area. You try hard to accept facts you don’t really like about yourself — a lack of self-confidence or a persistent depression. You fight inner fears, seeing yourself as the anti-hero to all the supermen around you. If you still see Mahovlich in his earlier role of the Hull-like superstar, your insecurity is seeking comfort in holding onto the past.

Peanuts: You enjoy introspection. The world inside your head means more to you than the world outside, and you examine your motives and feelings almost to the point of indulgence. You find amusement in the parallels between the simple activities of the Peanuts characters and your own experience. You enjoy the inside joke. Sometimes you may even fall victim to Peanuts’ flattery, which makes you think you are smarter and more sophisticated than you really are. Still, you possess the redeeming grace of being able to laugh at your foibles. Li’l Abner: You are far more toughminded and aggressive than Peanuts people. You share little of their naïveté about the world and have replaced it with a slight disenchantment and perhaps some bitterness. You are socially conscious. Political and social issues have replaced introspective concerns. You are an activist, more interested in results than in the way things get done. You have little time for subtleties. If you enjoy Li’l Abner for the humor, it is because it is mostly slapstick. And since slapstick is not fashionable, you see yourself as independent of popular tastes.

Pogo: You cherish the intimacy of the In group. Like Peanuts’ fans, you are highly introspective. You don’t, however, share their ability to laugh at themselves. You are more concerned with congratulating yourself than with seeing how Pogo is doing. Socially, you are on a higher .level than the followers of Peanuts and Li’l Abner, but you tend to be the modern alienated man. □